Mr. John S. Piazza, Sr., age 81 of Utica, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday March 26, 2014, with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Frankfort, NY on October 29, 1932 a son of the late Luigi and Maria Polizzi Piazza and was educated in Frankfort schools. On July 14, 1957 he was united in marriage to Angelina Locascio, a blessed union of 52 years, until her passing on April 1, 2010.
John served our country during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954 in the 57th Recovery Outfit. John's career spanned many years being employed by the Bordens Dairy Co., Dairylee Co., Pride of Utica and the Fountainhead Group, until his retirement.
In his younger years, John was an avid bowler and had 52 Television appearances beginning in 1962 with world famous announcer Curt Gowdy. In 2003 he was inducted into the Greater Utica Bowlers Hall of Fame. John was a gifted musician and played the trumpet his entire life, notably being a member of the Frankfort Veterans band and the Red Band "LaBanda Rosa" for over 30 years. He was also a member of the St. Rosalia Society and the Whitesboro American Legion Post # 113 John also enjoyed fishing and hunting, but his true love was dancing with his beloved wife "Angie".
He was a devoted parishioner of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church.
Surviving are his nine cherished children, Linda Piazza, Maria and Joe Talarico, Louis Piazza and Cindy DeRosa, Diane Piazza, Salvatore Piazza and fiancAC.e Jessica Sellevold, Terese (Terri) and Nick Panuccio, John Jr. and Catherine Piazza, Lisa and John Dillon, Jennifer Piazza and Jamie Ortiz; 23 adored grandchildren and two cherished great granddaughters; his in-laws Theresa Hahn, Mary Carrock, and Dick Hensel, his cousin Anthony Palumbo whom he regarded as his brother, and many nieces and nephews, also the Frankfort breakfast club and cherished lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his brothers' Sam, Joseph, James, Vito, Frank and sister Connie Palumbo.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 10:00 in Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church, with Military Honors conferred. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be Sunday (today) from 2-6 pm at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home, Inc. 1122 Culver Ave. By family request, please omit floral offerings.
Monday, March 31 2014